Fight the Fade
Masks


4.0
excellent

Review

by Toondude USER (72 Reviews)
February 1st, 2018 | 18 replies


Release Date: 2018 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Burning brighter by the day.

When it comes to many overlooked bands out there, Fight the Fade is one of those that show a lot of potential. Maturing themselves from a typical post-hardcore outfit from their first album Second Horizon to a more unique alternative rock sound on their more recent self-titled, they've developed a strong impression into the music industry. While they've yet to break into the mainstream like other bands of their ilk, the amount of talent is undeniable. With this now comes their second EP, Masks, which has the group changing they're style yet again. The self-titled was a much more upbeat and uplifting record, whereas Masks is almost a complete 180 degree turn. The production and tone of this EP is a lot harsher and heavier than anything the band has done before, and the title track immediately proves that at the start of the record. The songs 'Break the Daylight' and 'Bullet' (the latter of which could almost be influenced by Nine Inch Nails), follow up with the same sound that is established throughout the rest of the record. The only song that breaks up the heavy and dark tone is the atmospheric pop-like song 'Darkness in Me'. The change may be a too drastic for some, but the gorgeous melody prevents it from being a bad song altogether.

However, what makes this such a great EP is that the band manages to find a near-perfect balance between melody and heaviness without ever going completely over the top, as opposed to Starset and Red. However, the center of it all is vocalist Zene Smith. Throughout every release that Fight the Fade has done, he has proven to be one of the best vocalists in alternative rock and this EP is no exception. He delivers an incredible amount of emotion throughout in both his clean vocals and his harsher screams, especially in 'Bullet' and 'Numbness'. The only major problem about Masks is that while production is the main driving force behind the EP (aside from Zene Smith), the electronic elements feel overmodulated and a bit too forced at times. It prevents any focus on the instrumentation to shine through the whole record and some will certainly find it generic because of this. However, despite that problem, Masks still ends up being an incredibly solid release from a band with a lot of potential. Mixed with excellent songwriting and Zene Smith's fantastic vocal performance, Fight the Fade is certainly a band to look out for in the near future and this EP sets the standard for a bright future ahead for them.



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Toondude10
February 1st 2018


13828 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

I'm already more productive than last year. Woo!



Short review for a short listen. Still though, this is a fantastic EP in my eyes.



https://open.spotify.com/album/1YLA8oaTGWw6Xqsgs1WmlD



c/c is always welcome

JustJoe.
February 1st 2018


5850 Comments


In the 2nd paragraph, were you meaning to say that the near-perfect balance achieved is akin to or as opposed to Starset or Red?

Toondude10
February 1st 2018


13828 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

opposed



I'll fix that

JustJoe.
February 1st 2018


5850 Comments


Cool, thank you kindly for the clarification.

PistolPete
February 1st 2018


4969 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I will check this out. Seems up my alley. Great review!

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Toondude10
February 1st 2018


13828 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

I feel like this is what the new Red album should've been for the most part.

PatientlyDead
February 1st 2018


128 Comments


"However, the center at is all is vocalist Zene Smith."


Am I reading this wrong or is this worded oddly

Besides this, cool review.

GreyShadow
February 1st 2018


3006 Comments


I was excited cause the related artists were HLH, ITM, Fightstar, and Dead Letter Circus but this sounds like none of those based on the few I've checked. still, not bad. in fact for what it is i can see the appeal, these heavy parts are pretty crazy but not really my thing.

Toondude10
February 1st 2018


13828 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

their first album had more of the post-hardcore influences of those bands tbh while the s/t was more on the alt rock side. This is definitely different in comparison.

Dewinged
Contributing Reviewer
February 1st 2018


15531 Comments


Def. chekcing this if it is remotely close to Dead Letter Circus. Good and conscise write up Toon! Pos'd!

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Toondude10
February 1st 2018


13828 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

ehhh it really isn't, that's more their s/t and even that's kinda pushing it

BeyondCosby
February 2nd 2018


2485 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Sounds like Linkin Park if they kept getting heavier. Nothing really sticks though.

PistolPete
February 2nd 2018


4969 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Yeah that's right it's like a heavier Starset with a vocalist that sounds kinda like Chester.

Toondude10
February 2nd 2018


13828 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

I definitely see the Starset and Red influences in this. That being said, they do it better than what both of those bands did last year for sure.

BlackwaterPork
February 3rd 2018


4390 Comments


Why has this been neg'd?

Toondude10
February 3rd 2018


13828 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

probably because someone thinks its funny

Krpa
May 1st 2018


62 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Pretty good little EP. Tracks Numbness and Darkness in Me are great, the rest is pretty good

Toondude10
June 3rd 2018


13828 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

this is honestly a better Underoath album than the new Underoath album



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